Starting off on your own in the business world can be an exciting, and scary, time. If you’re getting ready to start your own business, you might be wondering what kind of resources are out there to help you navigate the confusing business world while keeping your sanity at the same time. Luckily, there is a wonderful resource available to you that will give you the guidance and support you need to create and grow your business into a thriving organization.
That resource is known as SCORE. Headquartered in Washington D.C. and Herndon, VA, SCORE is a non-profit organization designed to counsel and educate small business owners nationwide. The ultimate goal is to help foster small business growth in the United States and promote entrepreneurship.
How can SCORE help you make your business thrive? The secret is in the information. Or, rather, the information that is passed on to you via SCORE’s expert volunteers. SCORE boasts over 389 chapters with the resources of nearly 11,000 working and retired business experts volunteers nationwide.
These experts are available to counsel you on a variety of topics that you may be wondering about in relation to your small business. The volunteers go out of their way to provide this advice in a number of ways, including:
• In person. With 389 chapter offices, there’s sure to be a SCORE office somewhere near you. You can drop in the office and ask questions and get valuable small business information from any SCORE chapter. When you work with a mentor, he or she can help you do everything from set up your business plan to creating an accounting system to helping you understand marketing and advertising. The volunteers want to see you succeed and will help ensure your success with their years of business experience.
• Via online conversations. The SCORE website has a utility that allows business owners to ask questions any time of the day or night. To do this, you do a simple search on their website and send a private question to the mentor of your choice via an online contact form. This mentor then gets back to you with an answer within hours.
• Through low-cost workshops. The SCORE chapters throughout the United States often hold workshops on a variety of different business topics. These workshops are facilitated by experts in the particular subject and can provide a wealth of information that can benefit your small business. Can get to a workshop at a SCORE chapter? There are online workshops held regularly through the SCORE.org website that can help you learn more about creating and running a successful organization.
• Informative how-to articles. The SCORE website has a wealth of information right at your fingertips. Some of the most helpful information is found in their archive of articles that can help you quickly find the information on running your small business with just a few clicks.
SCORE is a wonderful resource that all entrepreneurs and small business owners should use. What are you waiting for? Visit SCORE.org or call your local SCORE chapter and start receiving valuable business advice from proven business experts.